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Obituaries in the News

March 23, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jack R. Howard, former president and general manager of The E.W. Scripps Co., died Sunday. He was 87.

Howard spent nearly 50 years in journalism before retiring in 1976 as president and general manager of Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps.

He was the son of Roy W. Howard, who built United Press into a worldwide wire service and, through his association with E.W. Scripps, became the ``Howard″ in the Scripps Howard media empire.

In 1928, the younger Howard joined United Press as a summer copy aide to cover the Olympics in Amsterdam. He later worked as a reporter and copy editor on the Japan Advertiser in Tokyo and the Shanghai Evening Post in China.

He returned to the United States and joined the Scripps Howard newspaper group as an editor and reporter at The Indianapolis Times.

After working at The Washington Daily News, Howard joined a Scripps radio station in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1936. A year later, he returned to New York to become president of a two-station Scripps radio operation that, under his guidance, grew into a division that now includes nine television stations.

After a World War II Navy stint that ended in 1946, Howard was named executive vice president of Scripps. In 1953, he succeeded his father as president.

John R. Keating

ROME (AP) _ Bishop John R. Keating, a doctrinal conservative from Arlington, Va., died of a heart attack during a visit to Rome, his chancellor said Sunday. He was 63.

The bishop, who was staying at the Oblate house in Rome, died during the night and was found dead in bed Sunday morning, said the Rev. Robert Rippy, who accompanied Keating to Rome.

The diocese said the bishop traveled to Rome every five years to see the pope and report on diocesan affairs. He met with Pope John Paul II on Friday.

Keating, who suffered from serious heart trouble, was ordained a priest in Chicago in 1958 and worked in various capacities in the administrative offices of the chancery in Chicago. In 1984, he became bishop of the Arlington diocese.

Keating gained attention for banning girls from serving as altar girls and was often at odds with liberal Catholics pressing for change in the church.

At the same time, Keating has success at recruiting seminarians in an age when many dioceses were having problems attracting prospective priests.

Maciej Slomczynsk

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Maciej Slomczynski, the translator for authoritative Polish versions of English-language titans such as Shakespeare, Joyce and Faulkner, died Saturday. He was 77.

In addition to translating great English language works into modern, melodious Polish, Slomczynski also wrote dramas, film scripts and children’s books.

He wrote crime stories in the 1970s under the pseudonym Joe Alex to earn his living when he was laboriously translating James Joyce’s ``Ulysses.″ It took him 11 years to translate the book, which he considered the most important work of the 20th century.

Slomczynski translated all of Shakespeare’s works into Polish. He also translated Jonathan Swift’s ``Gulliver’s Travels,″ John Milton’s ``Paradise Lost″ and works by William Faulkner.

Assad Bayyoud Tamimi

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Sheikh Assad Bayyoud Tamimi, a militant Muslim leader who became an advocate of peace with Israel, died Saturday of kidney failure and liver disease. He was 86.

Tamimi was buried in an Amman cemetery on Sunday following the Muslim noon prayers. More than 1,000 people, including members of the Jordanian Parliament and Palestinian officials, attended the funeral, which was interrupted by shouts of ``Allahu Akbar,″ the Muslim rallying cry meaning God is Great.

Tamimi was deported from Hebron shortly after the 1967 Middle East War for resisting the Israeli occupation. Israel rejected repeated requests from Tamimi that he be allowed to return home.

At the time of his deportation, he was a Muslim clergyman active in the radical Hezb Tahrir, or Liberation Party.

In Jordan, Tamimi led the Jihad al-Islami Beit al-Maqdes, which is Arabic for the Islamic Struggle-Jerusalem. The militant Palestinian group long advocated violent confrontation with Israel.

It claimed responsibility for several anti-Israeli incidents, including a 1990 attack on an Israeli tourist bus in southern Egypt.

Islamic Struggle-Jerusalem was believed to have gotten funding from Iran until the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, when the group sided with Iraq, angering Tehran.

Tamimi later became a close friend of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who reportedly channeled millions of dollars to Tamimi’s group to get its support for Palestinian-Israeli peace accords.

Albert Wolff

MASON, Ohio (AP) _ Albert H. Wolff, the last surviving member of Eliot Ness’ Chicago police force known as the ``Untouchables,″ died Saturday. He was 95.

The ``Untouchables,″ named for their unwillingness to take bribes from mob bosses such as Al Capone, were portrayed in a television show and the Paramount Pictures film ``The Untouchables.″

Wolff was a technical consultant during filming of the 1987 film and showed actor Kevin Costner how officers walked and held a gun during that time period.

In addition to working for the Chicago police, Wolff also worked for the Justice Department, the Treasury Department with the Bureau of Prohibition, Bureau of Narcotics and with the Internal Revenue Service.

In 1945, he retired from public service and entered the restaurant business in Chicago.

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